Reality TV World Show Updates   People News   Spoiler News   Entertainment News   RealityTVDB   POP Hollywood   Reality TV News Wire
Features & Interviews   Sexy Social Pics of the Day   Things to Know Profiles   Message Boards   Shows Listing

HOME > Top Chef > Top Chef: Texas

Padma Lakshmi may testify in 'Top Chef' Boston Teamsters trial


UPI News Service, 08/02/2017 

"Top Chef" star Padma Lakshmi is expected to testify in the competition series' trial against four Boston Teamsters that has gotten underway.

ADVERTISEMENT
Four men of Teamsters Union Local 25 in New England are charged with trying to extort a nonunion production company that was filming episodes of "Top Chef" in June 2014, ABC News reported.

The four men -- defendants Michael Ross, John Fidler, Robert Calarelli and Daniel Redmond -- who have pleaded not guilty, set up along with other Teamsters picket lines outside the Steel & Rye restaurant in Boston because the Bravo reality series was filming with nonunion workers.

The indictment charges the defendants with one count of conspiracy to extort and one count of extortion and states that the Teamsters harassed and threatened the production company.

"The defendants continued to use and threaten to use physical violence ... yelled profanities and racial and homophobic slurs ... [and] blocked vehicles," the indictment says.

Lakshmi previously explained to federal prosecutors that she felt threatened when she arrived on set with one of the defendants approaching her car to proclaim, "We're going to bash your pretty little face in."

Jury selection for the trail began Monday with U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock explaining to prospective jurors that "some of the evidence may involve racial and ethnic slurs," Deadline reported.

Local 25's former secretary-treasurer Mark Harrington pleaded guilty to extortion charges in December and is currently serving six months of home confinement.

Opening arguments in the trial are expected to begin Tuesday.


Padma Lakshmi/Instagram


Get more Reality TV World! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or add our RSS feed.




Copyright 2017 United Press International, Inc. (UPI). Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.


PAID CONTENT









Take Our User Survey





Page generated Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:12 am in 1.2131571769714 seconds

About Reality TV World   •   Advertise on Reality TV World  •   Contact Reality TV World  •   Privacy Policy   •   RSS Feed



Page fetched in 1.2310569286346 seconds